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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,737 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: A. D. Miller Narrator: Kevin Howard Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN:
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Nick Platt is a British lawyer working in Moscow in the early 2000s - a place where the cascade of oil money, the tightening grip of the government, the jostling of the oligarchs, and the loosening of Soviet social mores have led to a culture where corruption, decadence, violence, and betrayal define everyday life. Nick doesn't ask too many questions about the shady deals he works on - he's too busy enjoying the exotic, surreally sinful nightlife Moscow has to offer. One day in the subway, he rescues two willowy sisters, Masha and Katya, from a would-be purse snatcher. Soon Nick, the seductive Masha, and long-limbed Katya are cruising the seamy glamour spots of the city. Nick begins to feel something for Masha that he is pleased to think is love. Then the sisters ask Nick to help their aged aunt, Tatiana, find a new apartment.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 2/20/2014

    " A convincing tale of lust and deception in modern Russia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lloyd F. | 2/20/2014

    " Nearly always downbeat and sad but Well-written and in many places, very funny. Interesting as a travelogue of early Putin-era Moscow. Biggest issue that I have with this is that our narrator never once seems to question bad things that he knows are going on around him, despite having all kinds of misgivings about peoples motives and histories. Framed as a story being told to a fiance, it makes the future groom appear kind of stupid and amoral (which the narrator admits is understandable). We are supposed to believe that his love for a Russian girl somehow convinced him to ignore all the warning signs but nowhere in the book does it provide more than a glancing foundation for this setup. Still, I was entertained. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 2/10/2014

    " Interesting characters and relationships, and evocative descriptions of Moscow, but more twists and turns would have made the plot more interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbie Darbyshire | 2/5/2014

    " This book slightly held me at arm's length, but I think it was intended to. Moscow is stunningly evoked. A bleak eye-opener on the corruption that drives post-soviet Russia, and how corruption corrupts. The narrator is making full confession to his English fiancee. Would you marry him? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruby Soames | 1/20/2014

    " This would have been my Man Booker Winner and it certainly cancels out the argument of whether you can be 'readable' and 'literary' at the same time. It's a psychological thriller which has depth and intrigue, narrated by the dupe of a crime and the spurned lover of a relationship. The 'Snowdrops' of the title refer to Stalin's murder victims whose bodies were revealed as the snows started to melt in the Spring, but it's also a metaphor for what is revealed about us when love begins to thaw and when we see others and ourselves as we really are. Effortless, beautiful, funny and unputdownable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 1/18/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. There was a real sense of place and I felt like I intimately got to know Russia. I was drawn to Nick the main character not because I liked him but because he seemed so pathetically lonely and alone as well as some what lost. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 1/8/2014

    " I thought it was a good view into the mess that Russia is. Quick and easy read that gives a feeling for both time and place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 12/30/2013

    " Well written with some good descriptions of the "Moscow scene". I particularly liked the line Communisn didn't **** Russia, Russia ****ed Communism. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dominic Furniss | 12/17/2013

    " Failed to live up to the hype. No tension. No psychological insight. Useless plot device. Author showing off that he lived in Russia did not add authenticity. Hmm - Booker judges must have been able to find another book to make the shortlist this year. At least they didn't let it win. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 12/3/2013

    " An entertaining read. I enjoyed all the details about Moscow and the Russian winter. Not really a Booker prize contender but a gripping tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurel Lanrum | 11/20/2013

    " This was a good mystery/suspense book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allan Kirkwood | 11/6/2013

    " couldn't put it down, loved it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 2/7/2013

    " Pretty good, a story set in modern-day Russia about trust, love, and real estate! It's very involving, but extremely laid-back with a conclusion that kinda fizzles instead of pops. It all works, though, recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 9/6/2012

    " Loved it. Very dark, atmospheric and the slowly mounting menace are superbly written and beautiful to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rowland Heys | 5/19/2012

    " There is a quote on the front which says "totally gripping" well i've finished the book and am still waiting to feel gripped by it, i found the story a bit lackluster and the ending very obvious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tatiana | 3/31/2012

    " Having read half of the book I knew exactly how the story would end. This is such a typical story... But the book itself is brilliant. This is probably the first book about Russia written by a foreigner that accurately describes my country and its people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susannah | 2/18/2012

    " Quite obvious in so many ways and I thought the characters quite 2D but because I've just moved to Moscow and enjoyed his descriptions I'll give it four. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mervyn Kelso | 1/25/2012

    " Just about reaches 'mildly interesting' ! I can't believe the recommendations plastered all over this book ,comparisons with Graham Greene are tremendously hyped and misleading ! . "

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